DOL | Employee vs Independent Contractor
DOL Proposes Its First-Ever Interpretation on Independent Contractor vs. Employee
By: Noah A. Finkel, Camille A. Olson, Louisa J. Johnson, and John R. Skelton
For decades, companies have wrestled with whether certain workers must be treated as employees subject to various employment laws and company rules or whether they are appropriately classified as independent contractors with different terms of engagement, work, and pay and tax consequences. Amid a changing economy and evolving business models, companies continue to consider the application of an alphabet soup of federal employment statutes plus the laws of the states in which they do business, many of which contain different definitions of “employee” and conversely “independent contractor,” few of which provide clear guidance on how to meet the definition of independent contractor status.